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Giggs: Premier League pressure won't faze Louis

Ryan Giggs insists Louis van Gaal won't be fazed by managing Manchester United - despite Brendan Rodgers' claim that the Dutchman will find the Premier League a shock to the system.

Rodgers' Liverpool and Van Gaal's United met for the first time in Miami on Monday in the final of the International Champions Cup.

And it was Van Gaal who came out on top with United winning 3-1 in the Sun Life Stadium to end their US tour on a high.

But afterwards Rodgers claimed Van Gaal, who has had successful spells at Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, might struggle to come to terms with English football when the Premier League gets underway next week.

Rodgers hinted Van Gaal could find the Premier League more challenging than the domestic leagues in Holland, Spain and Germany.

He added: "This is a league where the top team plays the bottom team and on any given day you can lose. You don't get that a lot in the other leagues.

"I think the competition will probably take him by surprise and that's from foreign managers I have spoken to over the years.

"I've worked closely with foreign players who have come in and that real physical competitive nature will be different from anywhere else he's worked before."

But Rodgers' view is not shared by Giggs.

And he insists the new manager will take the challenge at Old Trafford in his stride.

He said: "He's not going to be overwhelmed.

"Even the manager has realised how big this club is in the short space of time he has been here. The crowds for friendlies are 'unbelievable' in his words.

"He's managed at the top level for a long, long time and won't be intimidated or afraid of managing Manchester United."

Giggs says he's enjoying his first coaching role since retiring as a player at the end of last season, as well as the opportunity to learn from Van Gaal.

Giggs said: "I think he's a great character. He is, first and foremost, a leader and demands respect, demands discipline and a real sort of detailed structure. But, within that structure, there is obviously freedom to move. It's been great."

Van Gaal has already put his stamp on the squad by introducing new rules on and off the pitch.

Giggs added: "Right down to meeting for breakfast, and for lunch, and even the team meetings that we have. Plus the training. Everything is structured and really detailed. I think the lads have all enjoyed all the things that have come that are a little bit different."


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